This week, we’ll feature a netminder that has soared in the United States Hockey League (USHL): Kris Oldham. The Anchorage, Alaska, native is playing in his second season with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
When asked what stands out the most about his play, Lancers head coach Brian Kaufman said it was the way he utilized his body. “Kris has excelled on how to use his body to maximize how much net he is covering based on his depth and angles in different types of situations,” Kaufman said.
In his first season with the Lancers last year, Oldham went 21-6-4 with a 2.49 goals-against average (GAA). His stellar performance carried over into this season, where he is posting a solid 10-5-2 record with a 2.47 GAA. “Kris has made great strides over his time in Omaha,” Kaufman said. “The biggest difference I’ve noticed this season with him is his attention to detail off the ice.”
This past weekend, Oldham shined even brighter as he won back-to-back contests in a home-and-home set against the Lincoln Stars, both by a final score of 3-2. During that stretch, he had a 1.90 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Because of his strong play between the pipes, Oldham was named USHL Goaltender of the Week. “He made the saves he was supposed to and had great rebound control eliminating second chances,” Kaufman said.
The future looks bright for the 18-year-old as he just committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), which appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2015 before falling to Providence 4-1.
Kaufman noted he has full trust in their staff to help continue Oldham’s development as his career progresses. He also mentioned that he’s developing well in the USHL. “He is becoming a more consistent goalie by focusing more on his preparation and the smaller details of the game that make a big difference at the higher levels of hockey,” Kaufman said.